After what was seemingly shaping up to be a slow recruiting week, Oregon burst out of the shadows with offer extensions to linebacker Jaylon Smith (4-Star/Ft. Wayne, Il/Rivals100), quarterback Anthony Jennings (3-Star/Marietta, GA), and tight end Danny Friend (3-Star/Morris, Ill).
With a possible “pass ‘n’ catch” connection brewing, signal caller Jennings and the sure-handed Friend were ecstatic at the prospects of playing their college ball in Eugene. “(I’m) truly blessed” flashed across Jennings’ Twitter feed last Thursday afternoon with Friend echoing much of the same: “They’re one of the best programs in the country…They’re ranked No. 2 right now by the A.P., so they’re in contention for the National Championship, and that’s something everyone dreams about.” (While Smith has already named a favorite (some “tradition-based” program in south bend?), look for Oregon’s use of speed and athleticism to appeal to Jennings and Friend).
Running back Shahid Hoover (3-Star/Denver, CO) may not be the most hyped runner, but he nonetheless would like to step up communication with the Ducks. “I’d like to hear more from Oregon if possible,” said Hoover. “They sent me a little bit of mail, but I haven’t had any communication with them on the phone. I love how they run the ball and the style of offense.” (At 5’9, 185 lbs., Hoover can break initial contact and extend plays with 4.4 speed. The burly tailback will undoubtedly rise on Oregon’s recruiting board if he remains healthy during his final prep season).
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Quietly becoming a superpower on the diamond and poised for National Championship run, ESPN #1-Ranked Oregon Baseball (41-14, 19-8) has discovered its personality. Part of the hard-nosed, never-say-die mantra is that of bullpen pitcher David Wylie. The submarine-arm hurler intimidates opponents to no end when, in the middle of an at-bat, changes to a traditional overhand delivery from the mound. But this trickery is not his most “boisterous” effect on foes; Wylie not only totes his glove to games, but his bagpipes as well. (As a bagpipe student myself, Oregon Ducks Athletics coupled with “Warpipes” is Winning the Day, All Day, Every Day! Take a watch/listen!)
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